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Redesign of 800-home scheme approved after water pipes found under land

Part of an 800-home development will be re-designed because a water pipe was discovered under part of the land.

Developer Persimmon Homes has amended its plans for part of the third phase of the Teal Close major housing scheme in Gedling to account for an underground culvert.

The proposed site sits on the western part of Colwick Loop Road and is the final phase of the large housing development.

The pipes were found by developers prior to construction beginning on the third phase, which will bring more than 250 new homes.

Amendments to the plans will affect the design and location of 16 homes on this part of the scheme, including the introduction of an additional home.

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It takes the total number of homes in the third phase up to 256, joining 199 homes in the first phase which is now nearing completion.

The on-site primary school and care home have also been built, while work on the 353-home second phase is currently under way.

Gedling Borough Council’s planning committee has approved the changes after the developer brought amendments forward for discussion on Wednesday (February 22).

In documents, the developer said: “A re-plan of this area is necessary due to the discovery of an existing culvert in the south western corner of phase three.

“[This] cannot be built upon and its easement needs to be respected.

“The layout has been redesigned with the principle consideration of the existing culvert to the south west.

“This added constraint has influenced the layout of the proposals, ensuring that the culvert itself is avoided and that its necessary easement is respected.

“Houses have been moved eastwards to avoid the culvert and open space has been strategically moved to the area where the culvert sits. to ensure unit numbers remain and open space provision is still secured.”

Two of the 16 properties listed in the current application will be marketed as ‘affordable’.

And, alongside the redesigning, an additional home will be added to when the developer replaces a large detached house with two smaller semi-detached properties.

In total, it means 808 homes will now be built across the Teal Close development.

Speaking in Wednesday’s committee, Councillor Marje Paling (Lab), who represents Coppice, welcomed the changes.

She said: “I’m quite in favour of them changing the layout and the extension and it’s good that they found the culvert before they started building.”

As part of the wider Teal Close scheme, about £2m was requested in developer contributions to mitigate the impact of the homes.

This included more than £1.5m for transport, road and bus improvements and £200,000 for healthcare.

Another £78,762 will be requested through this 16-home application to combat “insufficient secondary school places in the area”.

A council planning spokesperson told the meeting: “The proposed development is considered acceptable.”

In documents, the authority added: “The proposed development would be of a design and appearance that would be appropriate in the context of the surrounding area.

“[It] would not have an adverse impact upon visual amenity, residential amenity or highway safety.”

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